The Lexar NM710 is a M.2 PCIe Gen4×4 SSD and uses the same DRAM-Less architecture as found on the NM790, which we reviewed a few weeks ago. It comes in capacities of 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. The version we’ll be looking at this review is a 1 TB version.
It features Host Memory Buffer (HMB) 3.0 and SLC cache technology, which helps boost your system with higher transfer speeds and faster boot-up.
This SSD supports NVMe 1.4 standards and uses the latest 12nm SSD controller from MaxioTech (MAP1602A). It offers a sequential read speed of up to 5,000MB/s, and a fast write speed of 4,500MB/s.
One of the most attractive selling points of the Lexar NM710 is its affordability, costing on average around USD $64.99 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3P5pECa
Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that a lot of manufacturers are now offering “DRAM-Less” SSDs, and the Lexar NM710 is one of them. Now you might think having no DRAM would affect its performance. Well, not quite. Having no DRAM means less complex PCB, a smaller or simpler flash controller, and lower power consumption. Unless your workload requires a consistently large amount of write/read performance, then perhaps you might need a SSD with DRAM. But for 99% of home users, this does not apply.
Confused and NAND flash memory? Well, there are several types of NAND flash memory used in most of today’s SSDs. The two most popular are SLC and MLC, and now TLC. Here’s a little background taken from HowToGeek.
I would like to send a big thank you to Lexar for the review sample! Here is a snippet of what they have to say about themselves on their website:
Since establishment, Lexar has worked diligently to bring unparalleled value to our customers. We define value as providing well-designed, innovated, and user-friendly products that meet the expectations of customers and enterprises looking for memory solutions to count on.
The Lexar Quality Labs are a group of testing facilities where all Lexar memory card, card reader, and USB flash drives undergo extensive testing to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. This provides customers with the highest level of confidence when using Lexar products to capture, manage, move, and store the memories that matter.
We have a team of dedicated lab technicians that test Lexar products with more than 1,100 intended digital devices, including:
- DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras
- Video cameras
- Action cameras
- Mobile phones
- Desktop, laptop, and tablet computers
- Card readers
- Gaming consoles
In addition to device compatibility testing, technicians in the Lexar Quality Labs also test products for durability by putting them through various vibration, temperature, electric shock, impact, and strength tests. This rigorous testing ensures all Lexar products offer the quality and reliability customers have come to expect from Lexar.
We’ve already tested the NM790 from Lexar, which we thought was a great product. So I’m expecting the same for NM710, but only this time it will offer lower read/write speeds, which is normal based on the price. OK, let’s continue by taking a look at the specifications on the next page.
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